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US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments

— As Washington Seeks Closer Relations

US State Secretary Urges Caribbean To Be Wary Of Chinese Investments As Washington Seeks Closer RelationsPHOTO: United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion session on US-Caribbean relations on Wednesday (January 22) at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting formed part of Pompeo’s two-day working visit to the island. Photo credit: Dave Reid And Adrian Walker/JIS.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, January 24, 2020 (CMC) – The United States, on Wednesday, urged Caribbean countries to be wary of accepting “easy money from countries, like China”, as Washington sought to improve its decades-old relationship with the region.

US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, addressing a policy discussion on “US Caribbean Relations”, acknowledged that the North American giant had been absent from the Caribbean for a long period.      Continue reading

Suriname: President Desi Bouterse fights 20 year jail sentence for 1982 executions

January 15, 2020BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News. NY

In about a week’s time, embattled Surinamese President Desi Bouterse of Suriname will make his very first appearance before a court or war council which had last month ordered him jailed for 20 years for the 1982 mass executions of 15 government opponents.

The Jan. 22 hearing is designed to allow Bouterse, 74, to signal his plans to appeal the jail sentence for the killings in the height of military rule, following the February 1980 coup that had toppled the elected government of then Prime Minister Henck Arron.

Bouterse, trying to win a third consecutive five-year term in general elections on May 25, has never appeared before the panel of judges hearing the mass murder case for more than a decade, but now that he has been sentenced, he has wasted no time in moving to appear knowing full well that the sentence will be confirmed and imposed if he stays away again.              Continue reading

EGovernment, A Step Towards A More Citizen-Centred Caribbean | By David Jessop

By David Jessop :Sunday | January 19, 2020 | Jamaica Gleaner

SLOW, BUREAUCRATIC AND UNPREDICTABLE SERVICE

Politicians love to promise a better and brighter future. They tend to say little about the day to day experience their citizens have of the services they provide.

In the Caribbean as in other parts of the world what most individuals want from government is the rapid and efficient delivery of everyday resources, if policies and regulations are to mean anything at all.

This applies equally to social services, whether in relation to schools, hospitals or pensions, the supply of utilities, or to matters as normal as renewing a driver’s licence or registering a birth or death. Citizens everywhere want such basic transactions to be straightforward, quick and predictable. They hope their fellow citizens who work for them in the public sector have the ability and tools to deliver what has been promised in modern and efficient way.            Continue reading

St. Vincent & Grenadines has ‘no geo-political axe to grind’: UN envoy

By BY NELSON A. KING – Caribbean Life News – NY – January 7, 2020

Photo: Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mission to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King addresses Flag Planting Ceremony on assumption of seat on UN Security Council.

In becoming the smallest nation ever to serve on the prestigious United Nations Security Council, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the UN, I. Rhonda King, says the country has “no geo-political axe to grind.”

“This day is a historic one, not only because we are the smallest nation ever to sit on the Security Council but also, perhaps, because the urgency of now calls for fresh, disinterested and impartial perspectives on the seemingly intractable problems of our day,” said Amb. King in addressing the Flag Planting Ceremony on Thursday, as St. Vincent and the Grenadines officially assumed a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.    Continue reading

Guyana: CARICOM Secretariat headquarters going 100% solar

The CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen

On Monday, construction of a photovoltaic power generation system is set to commence.

The project is part of a wider initiative called ‘The Introduction of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation System in Guyana and CARICOM’, being financed by the Government of Japan.        Continue reading

Former Barbados Minister Donville Inniss found guilty by NY court of money laundering

Donville Inniss
Donville Inniss

The verdict came in at 4:40 p.m. Barbados time (3:40 p.m. New York time.)

Inniss was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering involving US$36 000.          Continue reading

Barbados To Begin Issuing Licenses For Marijuana Cultivation Next Month

But Weir has hinted at the possibility of Barbadians having to be prepared to make “heavy investments in order to get going” into the new industry, under which the government will allow the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Weir told the online publication, Barbados TODAY, while he is “happy to report that the authority is established, and they are ready to work”, he is hoping that the first of the licences would be ready to be issued, before February, but no later than the end of that month.  Continue reading

Commentary: Musings on 2020 | Sir Shridath Ramphal QC

By Sir Shridath Ramphal QC

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday January 13, 2020 – The Year 2000, we knew, began a new Millennium. It marked a measurable change. 2020 feels like the start of a new immeasurable era. As a Guyanese, as a West Indian, as a citizen of the developing world, and as a believer in what the United Nations stands for, as part of humanity, I face the new time with disquiet.

It should not be so. As a Guyanese, I should be confident that oil discoveries will so fortify our country that its national motto of One people, one Nation, one Destiny will find fulfilment; yet the deep divisions that infect it speak more to fearful jeopardies than unity and contentment.

As a West Indian, I should see an ever-coalescing Caribbean fulfilling the promise of integration it made to itself; yet its flattery of community has deceived so consistently that belief in unity and oneness is withering to a point of near non-revival.        Continue reading

China, the Caribbean and the West: Serving Whose Interest? | Sir Ronald Sanders

By Sir Ronald Sanders.

Caricom-China

WASHINGTON, United States, Friday January 10, 2020 – Caribbean countries are being warned by the government of the United States of America (US) and US writers that they should limit their dealings with China. In the course of these warnings, several allegations are made, suggesting sinister Chinese motives and even corrupt relations between Chinese institutions and local politicians who get personal “side benefits”.

The latter claim has been made by Evan Ellis, a member of the Policy Planning staff at the US State Department, in a recently published article entitled, ‘Latin America and China: Choosing self-interest’. It should be noted that Mr Ellis was writing “personal observations” with the disclaimer that they do not “necessarily represent the view of the State Department or the US government”.        Continue reading

Caribbean Warned As 6.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Puerto Rico

— At Least One Killed… Triggering State of Emergency

One of the collapsed homes following this morning’s earthquake. (Credit: Reuters TV)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Tuesday January 7, 2020 – At least one person is said to have been killed when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico this morning, following a 5.8 magnitude quake yesterday.

And the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago says the region must be prepared.

The 6.4 quake struck at 4:24 a.m., with its centre located about 8 km south of the southern town of Indios, and was followed by several aftershocks, including two of magnitude 5.6.          Continue reading

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